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Golden Horn, Istanbul

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Serving as a commercial center for the past two millennia, Golden Horn occupies an estuary that separates the old city in the south from the more European north. Owing to its strategic location, the site witnessed a number of memorable historic occurrences and its sparkling beauty has been immortalized in paintings and poems throughout the centuries. Observe the ships and busy locals at this lively spot and walk along the bridge that connects the two sides. Take a break at one of the quaint cafes in the area. Use our Istanbul route builder to add Golden Horn and other attractions to your Istanbul vacation plans.
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  • you should try to visit it at day time, and compare it when you visit it at night, totally different. the best is at sunset when you can see why they called it the golden horn.  more »
  • Sitting on a bench on the street just to eat a snack. There are also great views, and anglers. This is where the symbol of Istanbul.
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  • The Golden Horn is an estuary that divides the European side of the city of Istanbul (new and old). Very interesting!
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  • Beautiful part of the old Istanbul, Every half an hour there is scheduled ferry boat from one side to other side. The view from the Golden Horn(Bridge) is truly amazing.
  • Beautiful old part of Istanbul. Many modern and trafitional markets, restaurants and cruises. The essence of the Ottoman heritage.
  • Amazing area
  • it is wonderful
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Where to stay in Istanbul

The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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